New York Moves to Enshrine Abortion Rights in State Constitution

The Equal Rights Amendment prohibits discrimination against anyone based on race, ethnicity, national origin, disability or sex — specifically sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and pregnancy.

#abortion, #constitutional-amendments, #democratic-party, #law-and-legislation, #new-york-state, #referendums

Tunisia’s President, Kais Saied, Proposes New Constitution

The proposal, which will be put to a national referendum on July 25, would enshrine the significant steps he has taken over the past year to dismantle the North African nation’s young democracy.

#constitutions, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #middle-east-and-north-africa-unrest-2010, #politics-and-government, #referendums, #saied-kais-1958, #tunisia

How South Dakota Voters Won a Power Struggle With G.O.P. Legislators

The state roundly rejected a proposal, meant to block Medicaid expansion, that would have reduced voters’ ability to direct policy. It was just the latest clash between voters and state legislatures.

#boudin-chesa, #caruso-rick-j, #internal-sub-only-nl, #law-and-legislation, #medicaid, #midterm-elections-2022, #referendums, #south-dakota, #united-states-politics-and-government

Australia’s Baby Steps Toward Severing Ties With the Queen

The new Labor government has established a ministerial position to begin the process of making the country a republic. But the idea is far from the top of its agenda.

#albanese-anthony-1963, #australia, #elizabeth-ii-queen-of-great-britain, #labor-party-australia, #referendums, #royal-families

Boris Johnson Makes His Case in Speech to Conservatives: ‘We Can Unite’

In a speech to his fellow Conservatives, the prime minister warned against “pointless fratricidal debate.”

#conservative-party-great-britain, #debates-political, #johnson-boris, #referendums, #speeches-and-statements

Voters Say They Want Gun Control. Their Votes Say Something Different.

Broad public support on the issue may not be as broad as polling shows or as Democrats hope.

#firearms, #gun-control, #law-and-legislation, #polls-and-public-opinion, #referendums, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters

The Next Battleground for Gig Worker Labor Laws: Massachusetts

Uber and Lyft are pushing a ballot measure that would bar their drivers from full employment status, but a court could throw it out.

#california, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #delivery-services, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #lyft-inc, #massachusetts, #referendums, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

Mexico Voters Back López Obrador to Stay in Office in Recall Election

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador drew overwhelming support among those who cast ballots, but the recall referendum failed to achieve the required 40 percent threshold to be binding.

#lopez-obrador-andres-manuel, #mexico, #mexico-city-mexico, #morena-mexican-political-party, #referendums, #sheinbaum-claudia

México va a las urnas en la primera revocación de mandato

La votación tiene el potencial de cambiar el sistema político del país. Pero hay quienes temen que no sea más que un instrumento de propaganda.

#elections, #lopez-obrador-andres-manuel, #mexico, #mexico-city-mexico, #referendums

Is Mexico’s Recall Election “Democracy of the Highest Order”?

The vote has the potential to upend the country’s political system. But many fear it will amount to nothing more than a tool for propaganda.

#elections, #lopez-obrador-andres-manuel, #mexico, #mexico-city-mexico, #referendums

Supreme Court to Weigh California Law on Treatment of Pigs

Trade groups challenged the law, which requires adequate space for breeding pigs to turn around, saying it unfairly burdens out-of-state farmers.

#agriculture-and-farming, #american-farm-bureau-federation, #animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #california, #humane-society-of-the-united-states, #meat, #pigs, #pork, #referendums, #tyson-foods-inc

Mexico’s New International Airport Is Not Quite Ready for Takeoff

Mexico’s president inaugurated the first of a series of long-promised infrastructure projects — possibly a little too soon.

#airports, #felipe-angeles-international-airport-zumpango-mexico, #infrastructure-public-works, #lopez-obrador-andres-manuel, #mexico, #mexico-city-mexico, #morena-mexican-political-party, #politics-and-government, #referendums

New York’s Chief Judge Wants to Consolidate the Court Network

Chief Judge Janet DiFiore wants the State Legislature to approve her plan to consolidate the state’s sprawling court network, which would condense 11 trial courts into 2.

#courts-and-the-judiciary, #difiore-janet, #new-york-state, #referendums, #supreme-courts-state

Switzerland, Long a Safe Haven for Tobacco Ads, Weighs a Ban

Voters will decide Sunday on whether to prohibit the ads in places where they can be seen by children under 18.

#law-and-legislation, #referendums, #smoking-and-tobacco, #switzerland

As Boris Johnson Seeks a Reset, More Tory Lawmakers Defect

Britain’s prime minister tried to steer attention away from a damning report on Downing Street parties, but his support continued to erode.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #england, #johnson-boris, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #referendums, #voting-and-voters

Pressure Mounts on Tunisia’s President to Salvage the Economy

When President Kais Saied seized power in July, he vowed to rescue the failing economy. Tunisians are still waiting for him to fulfill that pledge.

#constitutions, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #middle-east-and-north-africa-unrest-2010, #politics-and-government, #referendums, #saied-kais-1958, #tunisia

Chile President-Elect Gabriel Boric Faces Challenge on Constitution

Gabriel Boric has no room for error in this constitutional moment.

#boric-gabriel, #chile, #constitutions, #elections, #kast-jose-antonio, #pinochet-ugarte-augusto, #politics-and-government, #referendums, #voting-and-voters

U.K. Foreign Secretary Inherits Thorny Issue: Northern Ireland Talks

Liz Truss is taking charge of Brexit talks after the surprise resignation of David Frost. If she is successful, it could give her a significant political boost.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #european-court-of-justice, #european-union, #frost-david-1965, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #johnson-boris, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #referendums, #truss-elizabeth-1975, #united-states-international-relations

Tunisia’s President Promises Vote on Constitution and Sets Election Date

President Kais Saied’s announcement dispelled some of the uncertainty Tunisians have endured for months since he shunted aside Parliament in what critics called a soft coup.

#constitutional-amendments, #politics-and-government, #referendums, #saied-kais-1958, #tunisia

New Caledonia Says ‘Non’ to Independence

The vote on the Pacific island territory comes as France’s president has prioritized shoring up the country’s international profile, seeing its military as a bulwark against China.

#elections, #france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #new-caledonia, #politics-and-government, #referendums, #secession-and-independence-movements

Why New Yorkers Rejected Ballot Proposals on Voting and Redistricting

Republicans worked hard to defeat the measures, which aimed to broaden ballot access and change the redistricting process. Democrats did little to promote them.

#constitutional-amendments, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #referendums, #voting-and-voters

Here’s What to Watch in New York and New Jersey Elections

New York City will elect three citywide positions, while both the governor’s race in New Jersey and the mayor’s race in Buffalo could have national implications.

#adams-eric-l, #brown-byron-w, #buffalo-ny, #ciattarelli-jack-m, #elections-governors, #elections-mayors, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #new-jersey, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #referendums, #walton-india-b

Desperate for Housing Options, Communities Turn to Ballot Initiatives

Cities and counties will vote on measures, like tax hikes and curbs on Airbnb, aimed at creating more affordable housing.

#affordable-housing, #airbnb, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #colorado, #homeless-persons, #leadville-colo, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #referendums, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate

The Fate of the Minneapolis Police Is in Voters’ Hands

In the city where the “defund the police” movement took off, voters will decide next week whether to replace their Police Department with a new public safety agency.

#arradondo-medaria, #black-lives-matter-movement, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #floyd-george-d-2020, #frey-jacob-1981, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #minneapolis-minn, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-minneapolis-minn, #police-reform, #referendums

Swiss Voters Approve Law Allowing Same-Sex Marriages

The legislation, endorsed in a referendum, will also allow same-sex couples to use sperm banks and to adopt children for the first time.

#adoptions, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #politics-and-government, #referendums, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #switzerland, #western-europe

As California Votes, It Rethinks Its Tradition of Direct Democracy

Any proposed changes to a century-old recall law are likely to be met with stiff opposition from Republicans, who see it as one of the last avenues of influence in a Democratic-led state.

#california, #elections-california-gubernatorial-recall-2021, #newsom-gavin, #referendums, #voting-and-voters

Married Kremlin Spies, a Shadowy Mission to Moscow and Unrest in Catalonia

Intelligence files suggest an aide to a top Catalan separatist sought help from Russia in the struggle to break with Spain. A fierce new protest group emerged shortly afterward.

#alexander-dmitrenko, #catalonia-spain, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #fugitives, #gonzalo-boye, #gru-russia, #josep-lluis-alay, #politics-and-government, #puigdemont-carles-1962, #referendums, #russia, #secession-and-independence-movements, #spain, #tsunami-democratic

A Judge Declared California’s Gig Worker Law Unconstitutional. Now What?

The law, the result of a $200 million proposition fight last year, ensures that workers like Uber and Lyft drivers are considered independent contractors.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #doordash-mobile-app, #lyft-inc, #referendums, #roesch-frank, #service-employees-international-union, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #uber-technologies-inc, #workerscompensation-insurance

Soccer Success Is Making England ‘Whole Again’

The stunning rise of England’s soccer team is helping define a new vision of Englishness, putting the lie to those who would stir culture wars.

#england, #kane-harry-1993, #patel-priti-1972, #race-and-ethnicity, #rashford-marcus-1997, #referendums, #uefa-european-football-championship

Gibraltar Votes to Ease Abortion Restrictions

Voters decided by a wide margin to lift a near-ban on the procedure, which had been one of the strictest such laws in Europe.

#abortion, #europe, #gibraltar, #great-britain, #referendums

Spain Pardons Jailed Catalan Separatist Leaders

A major step toward defusing tensions in a conflict that has long divided Spain prompted mixed reactions from an independence movement.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #catalonia-spain, #referendums, #secession-and-independence-movements, #spain

Cancel Culture Works. We Wouldn’t Have Marriage Equality Without It.

Naming and shaming were key parts of the campaign to make gay marriage legal.

#american-family-assn, #boycotts, #brown-brian-s, #california, #californians-against-hate, #campaign-finance, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #national-organization-for-marriage, #referendums, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships

Republicans Move to Limit a Grass-Roots Tradition of Direct Democracy

Through ballot initiatives, voters in red states have defied legislators’ wishes and produced liberal outcomes in recent years. Republicans want to make the practice harder, or even eliminate it.

#constitutional-amendments, #law-and-legislation, #liberalism-us-politics, #referendums, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters

Of Brexit and Boris: What’s Driving the Call for Scottish Independence

Scots voted to remain in the E.U., and they resent being dictated to by England. And they just plain don’t like Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

#great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #johnson-boris, #referendums, #scotland, #scottish-national-party, #secession-and-independence-movements, #sturgeon-nicola

Does Scotland Want Independence?

The fastest and most effective way of driving politically moderate Scots away from the United Kingdom is to tell them that they are never allowed to leave.

#great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #referendums, #scotland, #scottish-national-party, #secession-and-independence-movements

Scottish Election Could Boost Independence Movement

If the pro-independence vote surges in Thursday’s elections for the Scottish Parliament, momentum for an another referendum on independence may become unstoppable.

#great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #johnson-boris, #referendums, #salmond-alex, #scotland, #scottish-national-party, #secession-and-independence-movements, #sturgeon-nicola

A Go-It-Alone President Wants to Reshape Haiti. Some Are Skeptical.

Haiti, facing a prolonged crisis, is preparing for the biggest shake-up of government seen in decades with a constitutional referendum and national elections slated for this year.

#constitutions, #elections, #haiti, #moise-jovenel-1968, #politics-and-government, #referendums

N.Y.C. Creates Racial Justice Commission to Address Inequality

A new racial justice commission will make policy recommendations that could include baby bonds, a jobs guarantee or reparations for Black residents.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #charter-revision-commission, #city-charters, #de-blasio-bill, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #law-and-legislation, #new-york-city, #race-and-ethnicity, #referendums, #reparations

Oregon Is Blazing a Psychedelic Trail

A very promising mental health experiment is taking shape in the West.

#addiction-psychology, #depression-mental, #lsd-lysergic-acid-diethylamide, #mental-health-and-disorders, #mushrooms, #oregon, #referendums, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #research, #sheri-eckert, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #tom-eckert

Recall Talk Grows for Newsom in California as Governors Are Under Siege

Fellow Democrats have defended Gov. Gavin Newsom, lavishly praising his handling of the pandemic. But conservatives say his shutdowns have been destructive.

#california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #newsom-gavin, #referendums

How the Pennsylvania GOP is Trying to Increase Their Control of State Courts

After fighting the election results, state Republicans are trying to increase their control of the courts. Outraged Democrats and good government groups see it as a new kind of gerrymandering.

#constitutions, #elections-courts-and-the-judiciary, #pennsylvania, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #referendums, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #united-states-politics-and-government

Pennsylvania G.O.P.’s Push for More Power Over Judiciary Raises Alarms

After fighting the election results, state Republicans are trying to increase their control of the courts. Outraged Democrats and good government groups see it as a new kind of gerrymandering.

#constitutions, #elections-courts-and-the-judiciary, #pennsylvania, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #referendums, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #united-states-politics-and-government

Pound Rises as Britain and E.U. Announce a Post-Brexit Trade Deal

The free-trade pact would help both sides avoid tariffs, but Britain would still face economic costs from being outside the European Union.

#british-pound-currency, #customs-tariff, #europe, #european-union, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #immigration-and-emigration, #international-trade-and-world-market, #johnson-boris, #referendums

Biden Should Go Big, and Then Brag About It

Voters in both red and blue states have revealed what they want from government.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #education-k-12, #education-pre-school, #family-leaves, #minimum-wage, #presidential-election-of-2020, #referendums, #republican-party, #united-states-economy, #voting-and-voters

Swiss to Vote on Tougher Responsibility Proposal for Companies

A referendum on Sunday, if approved, would make Swiss companies liable for human rights violations and environmental damage by their subsidiaries abroad.

#corporate-social-responsibility, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #referendums, #switzerland, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Pot Legalization Hits an Unlikely Snag: ‘Magic’ Mushrooms

The addition of psilocybin mushrooms to a bill decriminalizing marijuana possession threw a monkey wrench into New Jersey’s legalization effort.

#constitutional-amendments, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #marijuana, #medical-marijuana, #mushrooms, #new-jersey, #referendums, #sales-and-excise-taxes, #scutari-nicholas

Prop 22 in California Is a Bad D

A voter-approved measure strips them of basic protections enjoyed by employees in other businesses.

#automobiles, #california, #doordash-mobile-app, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #instacart, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #referendums, #uber-technologies-inc

Why California’s Prop 22 Puts Our Labor Laws in Danger

The gig companies wrote new labor laws that are almost impossible to change.

#doordash-mobile-app, #employee-fringe-benefits, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #postmates-inc, #referendums, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

A Big Win for Democrats in California Came With a Gut Check for Liberals

Joe Biden received one of the highest margins in the nation in California, but a look at how the state’s ballot measures were decided shows a more complex picture of the electorate.

#affirmative-action, #california, #criminal-justice, #democratic-party, #presidential-election-of-2020, #referendums, #taxation, #united-states-politics-and-government

Make Puerto Rico a State Now

With a historic vote, its people staked their claim to statehood.

#house-of-representatives, #politics-and-government, #puerto-rico, #referendums, #states-us, #united-states